Lauren Bausch lauren.bausch at drbu.org
Wed Oct 26 00:03:33 UTC 2016

Dear Joanna,

Thank you for sharing with us this extremely valuable contribution to Vedic
Studies!  Congratulations on the publication of your latest book, which
continues the work of *Fire and Cognition in the Ṛgveda*.  Reading *Fire,
Death and Philosophy* has been both enjoyable and illumining.

With all good wishes,
Lauren Bausch
Assistant Professor
Dharma Realm Buddhist University

On Sun, Oct 23, 2016 at 3:41 AM, Joanna Jurewicz <j.jurewicz at uw.edu.pl>

> Dear All,
> I am happy to inform that my new book "Fire, Death and Philosophy. A
> History of Ancient Indian Thinking" has just appeared. You can find the
> book at http://www.24naukowa.pl
> <http://www.24naukowa.pl/modules.php?name=Sklep&plik=wyszukaj&searchconditions=YToyOntzOjk6InF1ZXJ5dHlwZSI7czozOiJhbGwiO3M6NjoidHRpdGxlIjtzOjI1OiJmaXJlK2RlYXRoK2FuZCtwaGlsb3NvcGh5Ijt9>
> Best,
> Joanna
> *Abstract:*
> This monograph is a continuation of the research presented in 'Fire and
> Cognition in the Ṛgveda' (2010). The sources which I analyze here are: the
> late hymns of the Ṛgveda, the “philosophical” hymns of the Atharvaveda,
> cosmogonies of the Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa and selected parts of the oldest
> Upaniṣads, composed before the Buddha (Bṛhadāraṇyaka, Chāndogya,
> Aitareya,  Taittirīya and Kauṣītaki). The basic claims of the research are
> as follows. Firstly, the composers of these texts continue the metaphysical
> assumptions of the Ṛgveda, according to which fire is the metaphysical
> principle  underlying  reality. This continuity is expressed not only in
> the exegesis expressed in the texts, but also in the ritual practice which
> is presented in detail in the Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa.  Secondly, the diachronic
> approach allows me to track how the thought changed, how new concepts and
> theories appear and develop. It also allows me to propose  possible reasons
> for these changes. Thirdly, my approach allows me to reconstruct the belief
> in rebirth which is presented in these texts. As in my previous book, my
> tools are traditional philology and cognitive linguistics, because the
> features of these texts are similar to the Ṛgveda and their explicit form
> is difficult to comprehend, especially as far as the philosophical content
> is concerned. The early Indian texts open the way to the beginnings of
> human philosophical thinking and show that abstract and general thinking
> can be created in the oral tradition.
> ---
> dr hab. Joanna Jurewicz, prof. UW
> Katedra Azji Południowej /Chair of South Asia
> Wydział Orientalistyczny / Faculty of Oriental Studies
> Uniwersytet Warszawski /University of Warsaw
> ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28
> 00-927 Warszawa
> https://uw.academia.edu/JoannaJurewicz
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